William Bruce Polk, Sr. (1664 - 1739)

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Birthplace: Coleraine, Donegal, Ireland
Death: Died in Somerset, Maryland
Managed by: Bridget Andrea Davis
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About William Bruce Polk, Sr.

He and his wife lived at "White Hall," on the eastern shore of Maryland

According to county records he died between 23 Jan and 24 Feb 1739/40.

Documentation indicates that this William Polk Sr (1672-1739) is NOT the father of William Polk Jr. (1695-1757).

William Polk Jr. (1695/1705-1757) is the earliest proven anscestor of the "Mecklenburg" Polks.

Bill Polk Tree http://ftm.genealogy.com/users/p/o/l/Billy-F-Polk/GENE13-0001.html

An argument against the "accepted" genealogies. http://ftm.genealogy.com/users/p/o/l/Billy-F-Polk/FILE/0019text.txt

194. A Genealogical Tree of The Polk Family, 1849. This tree is incorrect in that it shows John Polk, son of Robert Bruce Polk, as the progenitor of the southern branch of the Polk Family. Research after the publication of the 1849 tree revealed the proper line from Robert Bruce for the southern branch was through his son William, and then William's son William, who married Margaret Taylor. There is another Polk tree being sold by the James K. Polk Memorial Association of Columbia, TN. which shows the southern Polks (the descendants of William Polk and Margaret Taylor) as being of Robert Bruce Polk, then John Polk, then William Polk. The text about origination of this tree is printed on the face of the tree and is: "The original drawing was partially updated in 1966 in respect to the family of Governor E. Louis Lowe (the "Fearless Lowe" of James R. Randall's lyrics of Maryland My Maryland) and his wife Esther Winder Polk Lowe. This copy was made for James G. Stahlman of Nashville for presentation to the Polk Memorial Association, June 1967." And there is still another Polk tree, this one an updated version of the 1849 tree, which shows the southern Polk line as coming from Robert Polk of Maryland, through his son William, and through his son William who married Margaret Taylor. The bottom of this Polk tree (which is sold by the James K. Polk Memorial Association, also) states: "Revised and reproduced from a tracing of an original which was published in 1849 -- by the Polk Genealogical Committe ---Nashville, Tenn. in 1952." Copies of all these trees are in the possession of Bill Polk of Kansas City, MO.

195. Mrs. Frank M. Angellotti, The Polks of North Carolina and Tennessee, (Originally published by the New England Historical and Genealogical Soc., 1923-1924; republished for the James K. Polk Memorial Association, Columbia, TN., 1984, by Southern Historical Press, Easley, SC.), pp. 3-4, "William Polk (Robert 1), born probably in co. Donegal, Ireland, about 1664, died probably near the end of 1739, as his will was proved 24 Feb. 1739/40."

196. William Harrison Polk, Polk Family and Kinsmen, (1912, by Bradley and Gilbert Inc. of Louisville, KY.), pg. 28, "William Polk" mentioned as a child of Robert and Magdalen Polk. Pages 30, 31, 32, 33, mention William Polk. See notes for information from page 34, and 203-209 of this source.

197. Miss Mary Winder Garrett of Williamsburg, VA., "Pedigree of the Pollok or Polk Family From Fulbert the Saxon (A. D. 1075) to the Present Time," The American Historical Magazine,The University Press, 208 N. College St., Nashville, TN. April 1896 issue begins the series and concludes with Vol. 4, 1899: October 1897 issue, Vol. II, No. 4, pg. 383, Mary Garrett has the wrong William as the progenitor of the southern Polk family in her genealogy. She appears to have taken the same path as those who published the 1849 Polk tree. Garrett shows the line as Robert Bruce Polk, then John Polk, then William Polk, who (she shows) married twice, first to Priscilla Roberts and second to Margaret Taylor. .

198. Burke's Peerage, Burke's Presidential Families of the United States, (Burke's Peerage Limited, 1975, London; distributed in America by Arco Publishing Co., Inc., NY, NY.), pg. 243, William Polk is shown as son of "Robert Pollok (or Polke)," of "White Hall, Maryland, b probably in co Donegal ca 1664, m 1st, Nancy, widow of ---Owen, and dau of ---Knox; and 2ndly, ---Gray, widow, and d (will pr 24 Feb 1739), leaving issue..."

199. Will, Robert Polke (Robert Bruce?? Polk), MD. Archives, Perogative Court (Wills), 11, pp. 416-418; Accession No. Md. HR 1289-2; Location 1-11-1-12; Will dated 6 May 1699, proven 5 Jun 1703, "I leave to my sons John and William Polke to each of them twelve pence."

200. Compiled by Emory Murphy, Moreland, GA., The Polk Family Supplement One, (November 1981), pg. II-7.

201. Compiled by Gary Boyd Roberts, Santa Clara, CA., Ancestors of American Presidents, (1989), pg. 18, William Polk is shown as "William Polk, prob. Co. Donegal, Ireland c. 1664-Md. c. 1739 (will proved 24 Feb. 1739/40." His wife is shown as "Mrs. Nancy Knox Owens, widow." William's father is "Robert Pollock or Polk..." His mother is "Magdalen Tasker,...."

202. Will, William Polk, son of Robert Bruce? Polk, Somerset Co., MD., Officer of the Register of Wills, Bk. 9, pp. 211-212, "In the name of God Amen I William Polk of the County of Somerset and Province of Maryland....."

203. Compiled and edited by Jane Baldwin (Jane Baldwin Cotton), Maryland Calendar of Wills, Wills from 1685 to 1702, Vol. II, (1968, Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, MD.), pg. 181, "Owens, William, Somerset Co., 27th Mch., 1698; To 2 sons, William and John, equally, 'The Widow's Choice,' sons Robert and Samuel, personalty. Wife (unnamed), extx. Overseers: Jno. Polk, Wm. Knox. Test: Wm. Polk, Archibald Smith, Jno. Goldsmith, Jno. Browne. 6. 280."

204. F. Edward Wright, Citizens of the Eastern Short of Maryland, 1859 - 1750, (Family Line Publications, Silver Springs, MD.), pg. 42, "William Poalke" registered his cattle marks, 1703.

205. Somerset [MD.] Judicial Records, 1707-1711, Maryland Hall of Records, Accession 9169, MSA C 1774-18, Loc. 1/48/2/42], SOMERSET JUDICIAL RECORDS 1707-11 [Accession 9169, MSA C 1774-18, Loc. 1/48/2/42] JUNE COURT 1708 101 William Polk petitions Justices for guardianship of the orphan children, William and Anne, of his brother John, deceased. To the worshipfull the Justices of Somerset County now in Court sitting Wm. Polk humbly showeth that when your petitioner’s brother John Polk late of this county dec’d left two children behind him, to wit Wm. and Ann Polk who upon his deathbed he requested that your petitioner and his wife to take care of them to see them educated and brought up Christian like and also to bring up the boy to learn a trade which your petitioner humbly craves that he may have the children ordered unto him per your Worships shall in your prudence and discretion think fit to be done (reasonably) for the orphans and petitioner as in duty bound shall ever pray. Court grants request. William Polk is to give good security that he is to teach the said Wm Polk a trade and to read and write. James and William Polk enter into recognizance for sum of L10 on behalf of said orphans, condition being that William Polk do his best to prepare what parts is delivered to him of their portions left by their deceased father till of age and then to return their increase if any and do take care to learn the said William Polk a trade and to read and write and do allow the said William and Anne Polk all necessary and convenient till they come of age.

206. Somerset [MD.] Judicial Records, 1730-1733, Maryland Hall of Records, [Accession 9177 MSA C1774-30, Loc. 1/48/3/4], Mr. William Polk aged about fifty eight years or thereabouts being sworn on the Holy Evangelists of Almighty God deposeth and saith that at the time Francis Roberts was married to his sister that the deponent with the said Roberts and severall others was coming from his fathers to a fort hous which stood on a tract of land called Elliotts Choice belonging to the said Roberts and this deponent further saith that the afsd Roberts pointing to a large pine which stood by the marsh side about one hundred and fifty yards from the fort hous and said that the pine was the first bounder of Elliotts Choice and further saith not. William [W] Polk.

William Harrison Polk, Polk Family and Kinsmen, (1912, by Bradley and Gilbert Inc. of Louisville, KY.), pg. 203, "William Polk, the second son and child of Capt. Robert Bruce Polk and his wife Magdalen (Tasker-Porter) Polk, was born about 1664-7 in the County of Donegal, Ireland, a short distance from Londonderry and Coleraine."

Burke's Peerage, Burke's Presidential Families of the United States, (Burke's Peerage Limited, 1975, London; distributed in America by Arco Publishing Co., Inc., NY, NY.), pg. 243.

Compiled by Emory Murphy, Moreland, GA., The Polk Family Supplement One, (November 1981), pg. II-7, birth date and place given is "1664," in "Donegal, Ireland."

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William Bruce Polk's Timeline

1664
1664
Coleraine, Donegal, Ireland
1695
1695
Age 31
Ireland
1695
Age 31
1695
Age 31
Somerset, Maryland, United States
1703
1703
Age 39
Somerset Co, MD
1705
1705
Age 41
1719
May 17, 1719
Age 55
May 17, 1719
Age 55
May 17, 1719
Age 55
MD, USA
1721
1721
Age 57